As a medical student, people will either envy you or be glad they aren’t you.
At times, you may view yourself in a similar light.
But countless students before you have survived the ordeal that is medical school, and there is no reason that you won’t as well.
It’s all a matter of finding the right strategies. To help you find the most effective methods for you, we’ve compiled our top survival tips for medical students.
Start Studying on Day One
The trick to surviving medical school isn’t just to study but to study effectively. Effective studying doesn’t take place in an all-night study session the night before an exam—it happens in small increments over an extended period.
If you want to learn and remember medical terminology, start reviewing from the first day of class, and devote time to studying every day. This strategy will also help you feel less overwhelmed.
To that end, having a daily and weekly schedule is key to handling the massive workload inherent in a medical degree. Block out reasonable amounts of time to finish assignments, study new concepts, and attend to outside events and responsibilities like jobs.
Along with your official “business,” it’s a good idea to block out time for rest and pursuing hobbies. Balance is crucial for making it through medical school, and writing down and committing to restful times will help you prioritize your health and well-being.
As crucial as committing to your schedule is, you should also be willing to stray from it, especially during your first year of school. You may find that your current strategies for getting things done aren’t working well for you or that work takes longer than you expected. When you’ve stepped into your career as a healthcare provider, you will have to be flexible, so start practicing that skill now.
Develop a Support System
Many people consider medical students the cream of the college student crop. While you should understand and believe in your own abilities, never think you need to go it alone on your med school journey.
Real success occurs in community. Identify professors you can go to for help or encouragement, and do your best to view your peers in the spirit of collaboration, not competition.
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Learn To Take Feedback and Failure
You are a brilliant individual—you’d have to be to pursue a medical degree. But you’re still a human being in the midst of the learning process. You will get it wrong at some point in the next few years.
If you want to grow and become a good nurse, doctor, or surgeon, you will have to learn how to fail and accept feedback. Otherwise, you have a higher chance of dropping out or quitting.
Medical school is tough, but you can and will survive it. The key is to believe you can do it and figure out what it takes to make that happen.
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